Bound To Stay Bound

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 Elves are the worst! (Worst!)
 Author: Willan, Alex

 Publisher:  Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (2023)

 Classification: Easy
 Physical Description: [34] p., col. ill., 29 cm

 BTSB No: 949060 ISBN: 9781665921794
 Ages: 4-8 Grades: K-3

 Goblins -- Fiction
 Elves -- Fiction
 Humorous fiction

Price: $23.28

Gilbert the Goblin is positive he can work harder than any elf, and so, in his best elf disguise, he infiltrates Santa's workshop to prove it.

Accelerated Reader Information:
   Interest Level: LG
   Reading Level: 2.80
   Points: .5   Quiz: 522437

   Kirkus Reviews (08/15/23)
   School Library Journal (+) (09/01/23)

Full Text Reviews:

School Library Journal - 09/01/2023 PreS-Gr 3—Gilbert the Goblin returns in the latest installment of "The Worst!" picture book series. This time, he sets out to prove that elves don't deserve to hog "all the holiday spotlight." Gilbert tries to make elves sound boring by showing some of their daily routine with familiar elves from pop culture: "hanging out inside trees baking cookies" (Keebler elves), "lounging around all day on various shelves" (Elf on the Shelf), and "pouring bowl after bowl of the world's loudest cereal" (Rice Krispies elves). In order to further prove his point, Gilbert heads to Santa's workshop to try his hand at making toys with somewhat disastrous results. Many of the pages are divided into panels, and the text is in speech bubbles, making the book a hybrid picture book/graphic novel that works incredibly well. Readers will love the silly illustrations and the feel-good ending in which Gilbert learns he can befriend the elves. VERDICT Readers will laugh out loud. A must-have for the holiday shelves.—Carrie Voliva - Copyright 2023 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.

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